Lusardi Construction and HMC Architects broke ground in March 2020 on the brand new Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences STEM classroom for Escondido Unified School District. The project promotes STEM education and features 14 classrooms, four science labs, and collaborative work-spaces. The project encompasses a larger transformation to the campus and is funded by proposition E that was passed in 2014.
The Design-Build 26,000 SF project is the first step in a comprehensive master plan for the Del Dios campus. The design-build arrangement provided an excellent opportunity to work directly with the District and iron out design and preconstruction details in the early stages of the project. The collaborative corridor that extends down both floors of the building promotes cross-disciplinary interactions. The design allows for flexibility and adaptability for the interior classrooms and can support a variety of learning styles and instructional approaches. Tilt-up construction, due to cost, effectiveness, and low maintenance was the preferred building material. Lusardi successfully self-performed the foundations, slabs, and panel erection. The interior floors are polished concrete which is low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing.